WASHINGTON, D.C. MAYOR WANTS TRUMP’S TROOPS OUT OF CAPITAL
Washington D. C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday said she wants thousands of National Guard troops and federal officers in riot gear ringing the White House and monuments in the US capital populated by 700,000 people to go home, David Lawder and Jonathan Landay wrote for Reuters on June 5, 2020.
Like cities countrywide, the U.S. capital has been rocked by a week of protests against police brutality and racism following the death of George Floyd, a black Minneapolis man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck. Shops and offices in D.C. and nearby areas were hit by nighttime vandalism and looting after peaceful demonstrations last weekend, prompting Bowser to impose a 7 p.m. curfew on Monday and Tuesday.
The Democratic mayor told reporters she is fine with D.C. National Guard helping to keep order. But she is examining all legal options to reverse the Trump administration’s deployment of forces from elsewhere. “We want troops from out-of-state, out of Washington, D.C.,” Bowser said during a press conference on Thursday.
Several hundred active-duty troops from the 82nd Airborne Division who were sent to the D.C. area are expected to start returning to their home base in North Carolina, a US official said on Thursday. Some 3,300 national guardsmen are in D.C. or en route from Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah, according to the National Guard.